• Time to relax

    Working life is a constant clamour of meetings and discussions, phones ringing, computers pinging, etc., and we rush around with stress coming at us from all sides. It isn't surprising if there are times when your body – and mind – cries out to you to slow down.   When this happens, it's a good idea to listen up and take time out to relax, even if it's only for a few minutes. There isn't always time to indulge in spa visits and retreats, so, when you realise that you need a respite, it helps to know how to create

  • Eva Longoria files for divorce from her husband amid reports of his infidelity

    'Devastated' Eva Longoria has filed for divorce from Tony Parker after three years of marriage. One day after the Desperate Housewives beauty denied reports her husband had done the same in a Texan court, Eva's documents were submitted in Los Angeles. The petition cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split. But recently the couple have been plagued by infidelity rumours, with reports that Tony had been unfaithful. And Eva, 35, reportedly confided to friend Mario Lopez – host of TV show Extra - that she found "hundreds of texts" from another woman on her 28-year-old husband's phone. Click on photo

  • See the Northern lights from a 'spa ship' hot tub

    Winter in Northern Norway is the most glorious season: you can go dog sledding, get to know the culture of the indigenous Sami people in Finnmark – the Norwegian Lapland – or sample the most succulent delicacies of the season, such as reindeer, lamb and Arctic cod, known during its winter spawning season as skrei. There's even the chance you might see one of nature's most mysterious and magical shows, the aurora borealis, the northern lights. Tromso is the Arctic capital par excellence and worth a visit at any time of year. Summer here is the season of the famous

  • Straight talk about hair irons

    Hair irons have been around for over a century but in recent years there have been many technological advances and improvements. In the past, lack of temperature control and the use of low-grade materials meant anyone who aspired to straighter hair put their locks at risk with each use. Now, however, most hair irons are made of ceramic, which experts agree gives better results as well as being much gentler on the hair. The secret lies in the fact that temperature is more easily controlled and heat more evenly distributed. It's worth spending a little more for better quality

  • Three keys to a flat stomach

    Many of us battle with extra kilos that seem to head straight for the tummy area, but if you want to turn a fat belly into a flat belly, there are three key elements to focus on:

 Abdominal toning exercises – more commonly known as sit ups or crunches – are one of the most popular techniques for achieving a flat stomach. Sadly, though, the abdominal muscles lie under the adipose tissue, so the results are really only visible if there isn't any excess fat in the area. It's still a good idea to work out the abdominal muscles two

  • Eva Longoria and Tony Parker: The end of the match

    The separation of Eva Longoria and Tony Parker has sent shock waves through the celebrity world. Until now they had been supposed to have one of the strongest marriages in Tinseltown. Always beaming and wrapped around each other lovingly, the dimunitive actress and 6ft 2in basketball ace husband seemed to have scored a hit when they started dating. Their introduction came in November 2004 just as the Latina lovely's star was on the rise thanks to her role as feisty Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives. Eva went into the locker room at one of Tony's game for the Texas-based San

  • Ingredient of the week: Jerusalem artichoke

    This knobbly fellow’s only relation to the more common artichoke is in name – the two are distinct and unrelated. There are a fair few stories about why the Jerusalem artichoke is named just that – the main one being that their name comes from their relation to the sunflower and the mispronunciation of their Italian name, girasole. Their flavour is...well rather indescribable with earthy notes, sweet ones, hints of parsnip and parsley. They compliment a whole host of dishes, from fish to chicken and beef and are equally capable of holding their own in a soup; they

  • Timeless views of France's most beautiful villages

    All across France, from Provence to Brittany, from Normandy to Aquitaine, there are villages, some well-known, some less so, where an atmosphere of peace reigns and the only thing to do is to take your time and explore them step by step. In total there's a list of 152 that have qualified to listed among Les Plus Beaux Villages de France – the most beautiful villages of France. These hamlets and rural towns, with their cobbled streets and quaint corners, their castles, churches and chateaux, will make you feel as if you're walking on the set of a historical

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